Manipur staff seek revised payscale

Manipur government employees under the Joint Administrative Council of the All Manipur Trade Union's Council and All Manipur Governments Employees' Association on Wednesday staged a sit-in at their departments in various districts, demanding the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

By Ngangbam Indrakanta Singh in Imphal
  • Published 13.09.18
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Education department employees stage a sit-in at the office complex, Imphal West. Picture by 
Ngangbam Indrakanta Singh

Imphal: Manipur government employees under the Joint Administrative Council of the All Manipur Trade Union's Council and All Manipur Governments Employees' Association on Wednesday staged a sit-in at their departments in various districts, demanding the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The employees have been on a ceasework since March 22.

There are about 1 lakh state government employees and 50,000 pensioners and family pensioners in the state according to the joint administrative council.

The joint administrative council has listed a 22-point charter of demands, including implementation of the 7th central pay scale, immediate release of the 6th Pay Commission dues, revision of minimum wage from time to time according to central norms, no re-employment or extension of services beyond the age of superannuation and payment provision of disturbed area allowance.

L. Biken, the convener of the joint administrative council, told reporters, "We have reached 176 days of strike today. We want the government to listen to our voice and fulfil our demands."

The joint administrative council demanded a revised payscale according to the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations with effect from January 1, 2016 and the increment can be paid as arrears as against the government order of July 28 to revise pay with effect from April 1, 2019 and cash payment from April 2020.

"We met chief minister N. Biren Singh, the deputy chief minister and high-level officials ahead of our strike. What is disheartening is the changing of principal secretary (finance) and chief secretaries, which is a hindrance to the achievement of our demand," said Biken.

"We started talks with chief secretary Suresh Babu on August 10. However, there has been no response. So, we decided to stage the mass sit-in," he added.

The joint administrative council also demanded the establishment of the Manipur State Service Commission. "If there is an SSC in the state there will be no back-door appointments," said the convener.

He said on March 28, the state government had issued an order of discontinuation of the interview stage in the direct recruitment of junior-level posts with immediate effect.

"Central and state government employees in other states have already started enjoying the new payscale, but we are suffering with the rising prices," said a protester at the education department, Zone-1, Imphal West.